Now that we are in the second year of C8 Corvette production, enthusiast attention is fully trained on the upcoming Z06 model. More hardcore than the current Stingray offerings, the Z06 promises to bring a whole new level of performance to America’s Sports Car. And while General Motors has tried to keep everything related to the track-focused Corvette under wraps, bits of information continue to slip out. Thanks to an employee at one of Chevrolet’s largest dealers, we now know that the 2022 C8 Corvette Z06 may make its global debut in July.
The leak comes by way of an employee at Estero Bay Chevrolet, the 16th largest Chevy dealer in the country. The employee posted online claiming that he would be able to share details about the 2022 C8 Corvette Z06 with his customers in July of 2021. This post was then shared by the co-founder of the MidEngineCorvette forum. A dealership isn’t able to share any details about a future product before its launch, which suggests that the 2022 C8 Corvette Z06 will make its debut this summer. It is also worth noting that the C8 Corvette made its global debut on July 18, 2019.
A July debut for the C8 Corvette Z06 means that we don’t have to wait much longer for GM to share details. That said, MC&T has been more than a bit ahead of the curve when it comes to this upcoming all-American supercar. We were the first to report that the car will carry a 5.5L DOHC V8 based on the C8.R’s powertrain, as well as the first to note the existence of a center-mounted exhaust layout. Furthermore, MC&T was first to report that the upcoming C8 Corvette Z06 will receive several aerodynamic packages, including active aero elements later in the production run. Rumors also suggest that the Z06 will arrive with both steel and carbon ceramic brake options, as well as carbon fiber wheels.
While an online forum post isn’t the same as official confirmation, a July debut event is certainly in line with past product launches. For now however, we’ll have to just mark our calendars and wait. That said, we’re sure the track-focused Corvette will prove well worth it.